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Sabres defeat Senators in shootout

Reinhart has goal, assist for Buffalo

by Callum Fraser / NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Sam Reinhart had a goal and an assist, and the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-3 in a shootout at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.

Marco Scandella and Scott Wilson scored for the Sabres (22-35-11). Robin Lehner made 37 saves to remain unbeaten in regulation against the Senators (6-0-3).

 

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"It's just like when a goal scorer hasn't scored in a while," Lehner said of winning his first shootout since Dec. 13, 2014, when he was with the Senators. "When you get your first one, you get a confidence high."

"Robin played well and played strong coming back here," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "Especially in the shootout, I thought he made some key saves, obviously to set it up for [Jacob Josefson's] winner, but good for him that he played a solid game and had a really good shootout."

Ryan Dzingel had two goals, Thomas Chabot scored, and Craig Anderson made 31 saves for the Senators (23-32-11).

Video: BUF@OTT: Anderson stands strong to deny Girgensons

"It was fun playing with those two guys," Dzingel said of playing alongside Matt Duchene and Mike Hoffman on the first line. "They were going tonight. It was a lot of fun. I haven't had that much fun in a while."

"The three of us were really clicking tonight," Duchene said. "I think we were a little unfortunate to only get two [goals] as a line, to be honest. I thought we were all over the ice tonight."

Scandella gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead at 17:26 of the first period when his point shot got through a maze of bodies and beat Anderson glove side.

Dzingel tied it 1-1 when he took a pass from Duchene in the slot and beat Lehner over the glove with a wrist shot 36 seconds into the second period. Dzingel scored again at 3:26 when he one-timed a pass from Hoffman to make it 2-1.

Reinhart tapped a rebound into an open net to tie it 2-2 at 14:23.

Video: BUF@OTT: Reinhart backhands loose puck to knot score

"When things aren't going well it's going to be a quick play that kind of turns things around for you," Reinhart said. "We needed a bounce-back game from last night [a 5-1 loss to the Calgary Flames] and it was nice to gut that one out."

Chabot made it 3-2 at 17:30 when he capped off an odd-man rush with a wrist shot over Lehner's glove.

Wilson scored off his own rebound 27 seconds into the third period to tie it 3-3.

"The guys rallied again," Housley said. "Short bench and guys playing a lot of minutes on a back-to-back night. The guys dug down. It was a really solid effort on their part."

 

Goal of the game

Wilson's goal 27 seconds into the third period.

Video: BUF@OTT: Wilson nets quick goal to even game in 3rd

 

Save of the game

Lehner's save on Magnus Paajarvi 2:00 into overtime.

Video: BUF@OTT: Lehner slides across to deny Paajarvi in OT

 

Highlight of the game

Josefson's game-winner in the shootout.

Video: BUF@OTT: Josefson goes top shelf for shootout win

 

They said it

"I think our focus and the response we made tonight was a great response. After having a, I would say, poor effort in our own building, with travel coming out here, I liked the way we started. We were physical, you could see the determination in our players, and from top to bottom everybody contributed tonight." -- Sabres coach Phil Housley 

"I couldn't believe it. At the start of the period, that probably goes in with the fresh ice, but end of a period. … It literally died right on the goalpost. I haven't seen one that close probably ever." -- Senators forward Matt Duchene on Hoffman's near goal in the second period

 

Need to know

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo left in the second period with an upper-body injury after he collided with Senators forward Bobby Ryan, and will be re-evaluated Saturday. … Reinhart has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in his past 16 games. … Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau had a NHL career-high eight shots on goal. … Senators forward Mark Stone extended his point streak to 10 games. He has 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) during the streak.

 
What's next

Sabres: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; MSG-B, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

Senators: Host the Calgary Flames on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS, SNW, NHL.TV)

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